Orioles beat Blue Jays 2-1 to extend division lead
AP Saturday, August 9, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
TORONTO -- The Baltimore Orioles made it six-straight series victories with a 2-1 win at Toronto on Thursday, boosting its lead in the American League East division to five games and knocking the Blue Jays out of outright second place.
Toronto dropped into a share of second with the New York Yankees, who downed Detroit in a one-run game.
Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the crosstown Angels for the third-straight game to build its lead in the National League West over San Francisco, which lost to a Milwaukee team that maintained its narrow lead in the NL Central.
Baltimore's Caleb Joseph homered for the fourth consecutive game as the Orioles notched their 35th road win of the season; the best in the AL.
O's starter Miguel Gonzalez (6-6) allowed only a homer leading off the fifth inning, but nothing else over his six innings, as he improved to 2-1 with a 2.78 ERA over his past seven starts.
Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ (8-6) was an undeserving loser, having struck out a career-high 12 in a season-best eight innings.
Dodgers' pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu threw seven scoreless innings to guide the blue half of the city to a 7-0 win over the Angels.
Ryu (13-5) was brilliant in allowing just two runners to reach third base.
Hanley Ramirez had a two-run single for the Dodgers, who won the Freeway Series for the first time in eight years and disappointed what was the Angels' biggest crowd in 16 years.
The Angels managed just two runs over the final 24 innings of the series and fell three games behind Oakland atop the overall major league standings.
Milwaukee's Wily Peralta became the majors' first 14-game winner by steering the Brewers to a 3-1 win over San Francisco.
Peralta (14-6) struck out a career-high nine in 6 2-3 innings. He gave up one run while improving to 10-1 over his past 12 starts.
Milwaukee jumped in front with two runs in the sixth: Khris Davis doubled in Aramis Ramirez, and Mark Reynolds had a sacrifice fly.
New York's Shane Greene capped a series of fine starting pitching by guiding the Yankees to a 1-0 win over Detroit.
Greene (3-1) pitched into the ninth inning for the first time in his career before being relieved by David Robertson, who induced Miguel Cabrera to bounce into a double play and got Don Kelly to line out to shortstop with a runner on third to complete New York's fifth win in six games.
Stephen Drew's RBI double was the only extra-base hit and produced the only run of the game.
Oakland's new signing Jon Lester pitched his fourth career shutout to lead the Athletics to a 3-0 win over Minnesota.
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